It’s been a below average year for the BC Wildfire Service.
Fire information officer Ryan Turcot says thanks to Mother Nature, crews saw significantly fewer fires compared to the 10 year average.
Since April 1st this year, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 1,013 fires which have burned just under 100,000 hectares.
That comes at a price of $109 million, far better than last year.
“1,800 wildfires that burned, three times as many hectares burned last year. At this date, we were at 297,000 hectares, at this point last year were sitting around 250 million dollars.”
466 fires this year have been human caused.
Fires of note this year include the 62,000 hectare Siphon Creek blaze, and the 15-thousand hectare Beatton Airport fire.
Lytton fire now 60% contained
Firefighters in Lytton are making good progress on a 532 hectare blaze.
Fire Information Officer Max Birkner says it’s now 60 per cent contained.
But he says crews will only get up to 75 per cent containment.
“During a modified response fire, parts of the fire that are very difficult to access because of high elevations or are burning so far from areas that have life or property risk, they basically let those ones just burn themselves out.”
82 firefighters are on scene along with three helicopters.
An evacuation alert for the area is still in place.